Written Gratitude

As I mentioned in the video On December 28, 2001 my father left this earth without warning. He dropped some friends and I off at 7th grade basketball practice and it was the last time I ever saw him alive. After he dropped us off he went to help a family friend move and had a massive heart attack. In the blink of an eye my hero of a dad was gone forever. With the snap of the fingers the idol of three young men and a loving husband was gone forever. No good bye’s, no I love you’s, no farewells, nothing!  He was gone…..

As many of us know a tragic life event like this knocks us to the ground and demands that we understand what PERSPECTIVE is and how to live it out. Before I got back up off the ground (which took time) I had to thoroughly assess what matters most in life and what I truly value. Let me put it this way, a 100% chance of rain all day long quickly became more of a blessing than a reason to complain. Having to wait on a train for 7 minutes and 32 seconds is no longer the end of the universe. And most of all, no matter how erroneous or unfair I think my mother’s request/advice/parenting is, I NEVER-EVER leave a conversation on bad terms or without saying I love you. You just never know if that opportunity will present itself again. Perspective changes you. Perspective became my WHY power.

I don’t tell this story because I want your sympathy or because I want to guilt you into reading this week’s post. I tell you this story because I want you to understand my WHY power. I want you to know why kindness, happiness, and optimism sometimes take over my life.  The perspective I gained from having my hero of a dad suddenly ripped from my life has become my WHY power. Trying to impose daily kindness, happiness, and optimism (my perspective) into the lives of others is why I am here. It is my purpose. It is my WHY power.

I want to help you gain a new perspective. I want to add value to your life. That is exactly why I started Project Deeds. I am doing this for you. However, in order for you to truly benefit you are going to have to be intentional about reading the post and executing the challenges (Deeds) I recommend. If you deem it necessary have a DDB (Deed Doer Buddy). Hold each other accountable and share stories of how you executed your deed.

Enough of the storytelling and explanations. Let’s get down to some action.

Let’s be some deed doer’s and expand the Project Deed movement through action!!!

DEED: Written Gratitude

OBJECTIVE: Write a hand written letter of gratitude to your parent(s). This letter should be filled with thankfulness and explain why you appreciate what your parents have done for you. If you are a deed overachiever you can also write letters to mentors that have helped you along the way.

I promise you this will be a great experience for you. It just takes a little time and effort but it will mean the world to the recipient.



8 thoughts on “Written Gratitude

  1. Helpful information. Lucky me I discovered your site accidentally,
    and I am surprised why this twist of fate didn’t came about in advance! I bookmarked it.

  2. Sending out letters today…one for my parents and one for my Grandpa who’s nearing the end of his life. Thanks for inspiring me to let him know that he made an impact on my life! And I have to buy stamps…so that may just work out great with the double-up deed! In the words of Kenny Chesney, “…one thing started leading to another.” (A little out of context, but who cares?)

  3. I just joined and accepted the written gratitude challenge! Ready to send my letters out tomorrow. I have been very blessed to grow up with amazing parents and have a terrific set of in-laws. There’s always more room for gratitude in our lives.

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